Tad focuses on larger business and economic development projects and partnerships, maintaining positive relationships with MBC stakeholders and providers of capital, and expanding MBC’s relationships with regional, national, and international organizations. He has been involved with the rural telecommunications industry for over 20 years, working with rural telecommunications providers and cooperatives. He brings a deep understanding of the issues and resource needs surrounding broadband, wholesale optical transport services, and rural economic development issues.
Mark Varah - Chief Financial Officer
Mark joined MBC after 20+ years of leadership in financial and operating roles in Fortune 100, start-up, and not for profit enterprises. His industry sector experience includes technology, defense, automotive, social services, and venture capital. Most recently, Mark served as CFO and Director for a venture funded software company. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and a MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.
Mark Petty - VP of Network Operations
Mark Petty began his career at CenturyLink as an OSP Engineer in Charlottesville, Virginia after graduating from Virginia Tech with a BS in Electrical Engineering. Before coming to MBC, he served as Director of OSP Plant Engineering for Lumos, where he led the engineering effort for an 800-mile expansion in Central and Eastern Virginia. Mark has had the opportunity throughout his career to support the design, engineering, deployment, and management of broadband networks for residential, small and large businesses, wireless providers, and government agencies in an eight-state region, including Virginia.
Mark grew up in the rural Southwest Virginia town of Galax where furniture and textiles were the main industries and, thus, understands the importance of broadband connectivity and job creation for communities like these.
Dave Keller - VP of Sales and Business Development
Dave is a 30 year telecom industry veteran and started his career with the Sprint local division. While at Sprint, Dave held roles of increasing responsibility in Operations, Network Planning, Sales, and Product Management. Dave joined American Electric Power and led the effort to build a 2500 route mile fiber network in 3 years. Dave joined NTELOS in Waynesboro, VA as the Vice President of Sales and became responsible for Sales, Marketing, and Customer Service for the Wholesale and Retail Competitive service provider covering seven states. Recently, Dave worked for CenturyLink and ValleyNet in general management roles.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation has a 12-member board of directors comprised of regionally-based business leaders who provide governance and oversight for the organization.
MBC is committed to providing economic development leadership to Southern Virginia by operating a 1,900-route mile open-access fiber optic network, providing wholesale telecommunications transport, dark fiber and colocation services. With presence in major internet peering exchange points, MBC reduces the cost of Internet access for wholesale customers and reduces the time and cost to reach customers in rural Virginia markets. MBC’s network supports job creation as a critical element in the recruitment of major commercial investments.